Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Psalm 1: devotional mullings.

"Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the (1) advice of the wicked, or (2) stand around (aka hangout) with sinners, or (3) join in ("dwell" KJV) with mockers (or join those who have no use for God - GNB). But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.

But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly. For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked ("*ungodly*" KJV: "*morally wrong*" Hebrew), leads to destruction". (Psalms 1 NLT)

Observe the first Psalm and what it instructs. It creates a tension between two diametrically opposed forces/lifestyles: good and bad (life with God and life without God). The bad are walking on a "path" that leads to destruction (without God). They are actively destroying their own lives by what they do and what they say. They have no direction but are like "chaff" that blows wherever the wind (or sin) chooses. Why then would the good wish to join with them on their twisted path? What council/advice could they possibly offer us on matters that matter? A path is a direction. How can you "walk" with someone that is heading away from your goal? The company you choose is an indicator of your direction or misdirection. Heed the Psalmist and "prosper in all (you) do".

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